Meaning of “springboard” in the English Dictionary

"springboard" in American English

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springboardnoun [ C ]

us /ˈsprɪŋˌbɔrd, -ˌboʊrd/

a board that bends when you jump on the end of it, used to help you jump higher in some sports or physical exercises

A springboard is also something that provides an opportunity to achieve something:

Many young women hope modeling will be a springboard to stardom.

(Definition of “springboard” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"springboard" in Business English

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springboardnoun [ C, usually singular ]

uk /ˈsprɪŋbɔːd/ us

something that is a basis from which other things grow or develop:

a springboard for/to/into sth Manufacturing facilities abroad could be a springboard for our expansion in the market.
become/serve as/provide a springboard for (doing) sth
a springboard to do sth They intend to use the £150 million acquisition as a springboard to buy other food brands.

(Definition of “springboard” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)